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Doctor in hospital shooting shares photos of recovery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:44

Doctor in hospital shooting shares photos of recoveryThe doctor who was wounded during a shootout inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital last week is sharing photos of his recovery.

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:44
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close.

UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.

U.S. judge tells jury to take one more shot at Ventura verdict

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A federal judge asked a jury on Monday to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura after the panel said it could not reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for an undisclosed amount of money, saying the reputation of the pro wrestler-turned-politician was left in shambles by a passage in a book by Kyle about a bar fight between the two. "We the jury have not reached a decision," the 10-member panel said in a note to Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle. After asking the jury to continue deliberations, the judge informed lawyers a "mistrial is a possibility." The jury did not reach a verdict after being sent back and will reconvene on Tuesday.

US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:40

FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, plaintiff in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va. Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, July 28, 2014 in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South.

Blast at Mississippi fish plant kills one, injures three

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:40
(Reuters) - One man died and three others were injured in a blast at a fish processing plant in southern Mississippi on Monday, authorities said. The explosion occurred in a large fish oil storage tank at a plant owned by Omega Protein Corp in Moss Point, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, local fire chief Tommy Posey said. In addition to an investigation conducted by local authorities, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was expected at the scene Tuesday morning to carry out its own probe, Posey said. In 2012, an Omega Protein worker died when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor in an accident that federal investigators concluded was avoidable, local CBS and ABC affiliate WLOX-TV reported.

Cuomo defends handling of corruption panel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:40

Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point about the creation of jobs in Western New York during a press conference at the University of Buffalo's South Campus on Monday, July 28, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Cuomo is defending his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work. Cuomo says the commission made its own decisions and that his office only offered suggestions. Cuomo, a Democrat, created the commission a year ago and dismantled it this spring. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday defended his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work.

Car reportedly drives into Delaware River at Penns Landing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:39

Car reportedly drives into Delaware River at Penns LandingRescue crews are on the scene of where a car reportedly drove into the Delaware River at Penns Landing.

U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of press, report says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:18

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityU.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report. The National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which include the collection of telephone "metadata," have heightened government officials' concerns about dealing with the media, as "any interaction - any email, any phone call - risks leaving a digital trace that could subsequently be used against them," the report said.

Storms knock down US-Mexico fence in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:17

A border patrol vehicle stands guard at a section of collapsed fence just west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., Sunday, July 27, 2014, after severe storms in southern Arizona over the weekend knocked down a chunk of the metal border fence that divides Mexico and the U.S. Rain runoff from the storms destroyed about 60 feet worth of fence and caused damage to homes just north of it. (AP Photo/Nogales International, Jonathan Clark)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico.

Suburban Boston tornado modest EF-2 on 0-5 scale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:16

Homeowner Lenny DiBartolomeo, right, waves a flag as he and his tenant Wayne Devaughn, left, observe damage to their house in Revere, Mass., Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Both men said they were grateful that they knew of no injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that landed just north of Boston was a relatively modest EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of 0 to 5, but it damaged dozens of buildings.

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:15
NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.

Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:09
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.

Colorado attorney general again seeks to halt gay marriage in Boulder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:04
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general asked the state's highest court on Monday to order the Boulder County Clerk to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples, saying her actions must be governed by the current state of the law, court documents show. In the latest legal maneuver of his weeks-long tussle with Hillary Hall, the clerk of staunchly liberal Boulder County, Republican Attorney General John Suthers submitted the filing to the Colorado Supreme Court. Hall has issued nearly 200 licenses to gay couples since a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled late last month that a same-sex marriage ban in neighboring Utah was unconstitutional.  That ruling was subsequently stayed, and Suthers says Colorado's prohibition on same-sex nuptials remains in force. Last week the Colorado Court of Appeals likewise denied Suthers' request to tell her to cease, setting the stage for a review by the state's top court.

Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:00

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2011, file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. The federal government has come up with a final version of a rule meant to cut haze-causing emissions from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision Monday, July 28, 2014, reflects a compromise by tribal and federal officials, environmental groups and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station, which is on track to cease operations in 2044. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

Two men charged in deadly Philadelphia carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:55
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia prosecutors have charged two men they say killed three children and injured three others when a carjacked SUV they were driving swerved out of control last week, city officials said in a news conference on Monday. Police Captain James Clark said Jonathan Rosa, 19, turned himself in on Sunday afternoon, and Cornelius Crawford, 22, was arrested on Sunday evening. The men have been charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police charge 2 men in fatal Philly carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:54

2 men charged, ID'd in fatal Tioga carjacking, crashPolice on Monday charged two men with murder in a carjacking and subsequent crash that killed three children and critically injured their mother as they were selling fruit on a street corner for a church fundraiser.

US citizen accused of bribes extradited from Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:54
CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what prosecutors say was the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the two countries.

U.S. court backs government demand for names of 'straw buyers' of guns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:54
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday backed a federal government demand that firearms dealers in four southwestern border states report "straw buyers" suspected of purchasing multiple weapons for Mexican drug gangs. The demand sent to gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas is part of "Project Gunrunner," a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiative to combat cross-border weapons trafficking.

U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:51
A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a federal judge who struck down the state ban as unconstitutional. Judges Roger Gregory and Henry Floyd wrote that barring gay couples from marrying violated rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Fifty-seven percent of voters approved Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2006.